Sun Life, Jolibee,
Smart, Shell, SM Supermarket and Vita Milk Scoop 1st Place in
ICERTIAS Best Buy Award Survey in the Philippines
The newest ICERTIAS Best
Buy Award survey bodes well for global and home grown brands in the
August 10, 2017
MANILA – The
ICERTIAS Best Buy Award 2017/2018 survey has shown that citizens of
the Philippines recognise the companies and brands that offer the
best price-quality ratio, with the likes of Sun Life, Jolibee,
Smart, Shell, SM, Vita Milk, BDO and Samsung coming first place in
their respective categories.
questions the ICERTIAS Best Buy Award survey polled respondents in
the Philippines to state the products and services they believed
represented the best value for their money. Citizens of the
Philippines were surveyed on approximately 50 different economic and
non-economic categories where their personal experience of specific
products and service categories on the Philippine market were
These categories spanned
sectors including retail, food, cosmetics, home appliances,
telecommunications and finances.
The ICERTIAS Best Buy
Award proved to be very revealing as Filipinos selected a variety of
both international and domestic brands as their top choices for best
Amongst the winners of the
Best Buy Award 2017/2018 independent market survey were SM
Supermarket in the supermarket chain category, Lucky me! in the
instant noodles category, Selecta in the ice cream category, Toyota
in the family car category, San Miguel in the beer category, Lipton
in the tea category, Vita Milk in soy milk category and Wilkins in
the spring bottled water category.
Some of the other category
winners included Uratex (mattress producer), Samsung (smartphone),
BDO (banking financial institution), Sun Life (insurance company),
Acer (laptop), Colgate (toothpaste), Globe (Broadband Internet
service provider), Smart (mobile network operator), Sky Cable
(digital television service provider), Maxx (candy), Silver Swan
(soy sauce), Jolibee (restaurant chain), Shell (petrol station
chain), Del Monte (soft drink), and MX3 (dietary supplements).
The 2017/2018 Best Buy
Award survey has confirmed that Filipinos acknowledged, and rewarded
with their vote, the brands and services that offered them the best
value for their money.
These findings have come
from the newest Best Buy Award research survey conducted in the
Philippines in May 2017 by the Swiss organisation ICERTIAS.
ICERTIAS measures the
experience and level of satisfaction with the price-quality ratio of
marketed products and services expressed by surveyed participants.
It should be noted that
the ICERTIAS Best Buy Award survey does not measure brand equity or
market share. This research provides insight into the customer’s
personal experience, opinion, satisfaction and perception, which are
used exclusively to gauge the price-quality ratio of goods and
services on the market.
Methodology and Sampling
The 2017/2018 ICERTIAS
Best Buy Award research survey in the Philippines was conducted by
the Swiss organisation ICERTIAS - International Certification
The survey was conducted
in May 2017 using a web questionnaire on a sample of 1,200 Filipino
Internet users older than 15, following the Computer Assisted Web
Interviewing - Deep Mind Awareness (CAWI - DEEPMA) method.
This is only an overview
of the full research conducted by ICERTIAS. Should you wish to
acquire more in-depth details of the survey please do not hesitate
to contact us.
About the ICERTIAS Best
Buy Award Project
More than ever, buyers
have become more savvy and selective, seeking out better value for
their money. When making final purchasing decisions the price and
quality of each product is taken into consideration. The ratio
between good price and the best possible quality (the so-called best
buy) is extremely important to customers.
The ICERTIAS Best Buy
Award is a project of ICERTIAS - International Certification
Association GmbH, based in Zurich, Switzerland.
The mission of the
ICERTIAS Best Buy Award research is to gain insight into user
experience and perception of products and services that customers
consider to provide the best price and quality ratio (the so-called
The ICERTIAS Best Buy
Award project and certificate aim to simplify the search for the
best goods and services at the most favourable price. It is intended
to benefit buyers in local and international markets.
The ICERTIAS Best Buy
Award research study is conducted according to the provisions of the
International Codex for the Implementation of Market and Social
Research, which were adopted by the International Chamber of
Commerce (ICC) and the European Association of Research Experts (ESOMAR).
Regional Director Sheila Enciso (2nd from L) and Bobon, Northern
Samar Mayor Rene Celespara (3rd from L) lead in the turnover and
acceptance rites of three farm-to-market road projects
implemented in this town under the second phase of the Agrarian
Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II). Others in photo are Romy
Maningas (extreme L), who represented DAR Undersecretary Sylvia
Mallari, and Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Nida
Abelido (extreme R).
DAR turns over 3
‘dream roads’ in N. Samar
By JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
August 10, 2017
BOBON, Northern Samar
– Many did not believe these roads were going to be realized.
This was the common story
shared by residents here as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)
turned over last Friday three farm-to-market roads coinciding with
this town’s 154th founding anniversary.
DAR Regional Director Sheila
Enciso formally turned over to the local government unit (LGU) and to
the recipient barangays the 1.5-kilometer all-weather Balukawe-Balat
Balud road, the 1.7-kilometer concreted Salvacion-Balukawe road and
the 1.1 km. concreted Trojillo-Calantiao road.
The three road projects with
a total cost of P28.2-million were implemented under the second phase
of the Agrarian Reform Communities Project (ARCP-II) through a loan by
the national government from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Though 40 percent of the
total amount was shouldered by the LGU as equity, Mayor Rene Celespara
thanked DAR for helping them realize build the roads, a long cherished
dream especially for the residents of Barangay Balat Balud.
Barangay Balat Balud
Chairman Jimmy Baldestoy disclosed that they used to pass by Barangay
Quezon in reaching their village as there was no access road in going
straight to their place from the national highway.
Baldestoy narrated that from
the town proper, one rides a single motorcycle in going to Barangay
Quezon. Upon reaching the river, he/she will ride a banca in crossing,
and then walk several meters more to reach their village, he added.
But now, with the presence
of a road, the more than three kilometers trip was cut short by one
kilometer, more convenient and less expensive, Baldestoy stressed.
According to him, the P60
total fare was reduced to P20.
Residents of the four
affected barangays by the three road projects narrated that many lost
hope that a road will be constructed in their area as promises
Provincial Agrarian Reform
Program Officer (PARPO) Nida Abelido reminisced how residents in these
barangays identified access road as among their priority needs during
a consultation dialogue in the past. According to her, she cannot also
forget the reaction of some who did not believe this will be realized.
Meanwhile, Enciso reminded
the recipients to maintain the said roads in good condition for the
next 10 years. Otherwise they will be shouldering also the 60 percent
share of the national government thereby converting the grant into a
In the same occasion, Enciso
also distributed 26 certificates of land ownership award (CLOAs)
covering 45.7 hectares of agricultural lands situated in the barangays
of Magsaysay, J.P. Laurel, Trojillo and Calantiao to 25 agrarian
reform beneficiaries (ARBs).
roadway excavation and embankment along Biliran-Naval: Burabod
Section, one section of the P172.192M widening project along
Biliran Circumferential Road. As of July 30, 2017, it has an
accomplishment of 18% under contract with Yakal Construction.
starts construction for the P172.192M widening project
August 7, 2017
NAVAL, Biliran – The
Department of Public Works and Highways- Biliran District Engineering
Office (BDEO) has started its construction for the P172.192M widening
project along Biliran Circumferential Road as of July, 2017.
Engr. Rosario B. Rosete,
Chief of Planning and Design Section revealed that this is the biggest
project allocated to BDEO funded under the General Appropriation Act (GAA)
of FY 2017. Engr. Rosete added that the said project involves the
construction of additional lanes on both sides of the existing paved
road with a width of 3.35 m., a thickness of 0.28 m. and a length of
5.88 Kms. on six (6) sections along Biliran Circumferential Road:
Balaquid section, Caray-caray section, Burabod section, Bool section,
Tucdao section and Virginia section. It also includes the construction
of drainage and installation of road safety features.
According to Engr. Albert V.
Cañete, Project Engineer, as of July 30, 2017, the above P172.192M
widening project along Biliran Circumferential Road has an
accomplishment of 18% from its start date on July 6, 2017.
“The project is now on-going
with roadway excavation and embankment along Burabod section and soon
will start at Balaquid section and Tucdao Section,” said Engr. Cañete.
The P172.192M widening
project along Biliran Circumferential Road were prioritized because of
its potential for development with the vision to accommodate huge
number of road users.
Completion of this project
will increase the capacity of the existing roads and improves the
safety aspect of said sections. This road also leads to the only
Provincial Hospital and Port of the Province serving more or less
The said widening project
has a duration of 300 calendar days and is target to be completed on
May 1, 2018.
Meanwhile, DPWH-BDEO have
also started constructing the P125.588M widening along Biliran
Circumferential Road with road sections: Sabang section, Burabod and
Brgy. Mapuyo section Kaulanguhan section, and Lumbia -San Roque
section of Biliran, Biliran.
DOLE urged to ban
in Philippines the mandatory wearing of high heel shoes at workplace
August 7, 2017
QUEZON CITY – The
country’s biggest workers’ group the Associated Labor Unions-Trade
Union Congress of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) is urging the
government’s Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to draft a
regulation forbidding employers nationwide from requiring women
employees to wear high heel shoes at work because it poses danger to
their safety and health.
“We received many persistent
complaints from salesladies working in department stores and malls
that they are in pain walking and standing for long hours performing
their jobs in high heel shoes. They also worry that it might have
long-term damaged on them. This is a grave concern to their health and
safety and so we are asking the DOLE to prohibit employers from
requiring their employees to wear high heel shoes in doing their
work,” said Gerard Seno, ALU national executive vice president.
The DOLE’s future
prohibition policy should cover not only salesladies but promodizers
in supermarkets, waitresses, hotel and restaurant receptionists and
flight attendants as well, Seno said.
“Apart from the pain,
working women also complain of injury after slipping, falling and
tripping with high heel shoes on. This must be stopped. Women workers
should not be compelled to put on high heel shoes against their will.
They should not be exposed to any harm and danger at all times,” Seno
The government have no
existing regulation that govern the wearing of high-heel shoes in the
workplace and gave the discretion to employers. Thus, women working
under the company policy have choice but to comply and endure the
agony for long periods.
“For fear of censure from
supervisors and lack of genuine grievance mechanism in the workplace
amid numerous anecdotal accidents involving high heel shoes, women in
the circumstances are powerless – most of which are contractualized
workers and have no union to represent them. They just endure the pain
for the entire duration of their shift and have no choice but to
comply with company policy for the entire duration of their contracts
against their will,” Seno said.
Seno said they also urge the
Commission on Higher Education (CHED) to create a regulation outlawing
schools from requiring female students to wear high heel shoes
particularly those taking up hospitality and guest relations courses
Researchers from the
University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom found out that
high-heeled wearing skeletally immature adolescents are most likely to
suffer postural disorders affecting head positioning, the back, pelvis
Duterte urged to
raise wages of workers; last big one was P25 in 1989
August 6, 2017
QUEZON CITY – Labor
group Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines
(ALU-TUCP) is urging President Rodrigo Duterte declare a nationwide
across-the-board wage hike to raise the wages of workers amid falling
purchasing power of daily pay and rising cost of living.
The call was made as the
wage board is about to meet in this week to deliberate on a final new
wage increase for minimum wage workers in Metro Manila, labor group
and wage hike petitioner Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress
of the Philippines (ALU-TUCP) said yesterday.
“President Duterte can text
or call the wage board and prod them the amount of wage increase that
he desires and it will be done. The President can also issue a
presidential executive order mandating a wage increase amount needed
by workers and their families to cope and survive with the increasing
prices of goods and service. The President has the variety of options
to make a significant wage hike,” said ALU-TUCP spokesperson Alan
Tanjusay said the workers
had been desperate for a significant across-the-board wage increase
for many years because the wage board have always been granting meager
and pittance wage increases despite an improving economy.
“The last time the workers
experienced a significant wage hike was in 1989 or 28 years ago when
the late Pres. Cory Aquino gave a P25 daily across-the-board wage
increase nationwide. After which, the wage board has been issuing
pittance wage orders as if workers are beggars,” Tanjusay said.
The ALU-TUCP said workers’
wage should be P675 a day instead the current P491 daily pay for
workers in the National Capital Region. The real value of P491 has
eroded to P375 a day.
In a position paper they
submitted Friday last week in the light of their petition for wage
hike, the ALU-TUCP filed an across-the-board P184 daily wage increase
petition for workers in the cities and municipalities of the National
Capital Region on top of the existing legislated P491 daily minimum
wage in a bid to uplift them from poverty caused by rising cost of
living and eroding purchasing power of their daily wage.
The Board last year issued
Wage Order No. NCR-20 effective June 2, 2016 granting a Ten Pesos
(P10.00) COLA per day. Before this, on 6 September 2013 granting Ten
Pesos (P10) per day increase in basic wage effective 4 October 2013
and the integration of the Fifteen Pesos (P15.00) of the Thirty Pesos
(P30.00) cost-of-living allowance (COLA) under W.O. No. NCR-17
effective 1 January 2014; (2) W.O. No. NCR – 19 on 16 March 2015, or
more than a year ago, that granted Fifteen Pesos (P15) daily increase
in the existing basic wage effective 4 April 2015.
However, the said increases,
small and inadequate as they were, have been overtaken by increases in
electricity and water rates, health and education costs, the prices of
oil and its products, LPG, and basic goods and services.
And that despite the gains
in the economy and productivity, workers and their families have not
been granted a single peso in real wage increase since 1989, the
According to government
official figures, as of April 2017, the purchasing power of the
legislated P491 daily minimum wage in NCR is only P357.09, eroded by
its 29th founding anniversary
By DPAO, 8ID PA
August 2, 2017
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – The 8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army,
marked its 29th Founding Anniversary with the theme, "Disiplinadong
Hukbong Katihan sa Silangang Bisayas, Kasangga ng Pamayanan sa
Pagsulong ng Katiwasyan at Kaunlaran" at its Headquarters in Camp
General Vicente Lukban, Barangay Maulong, Catbalogan City, Samar on
August 1, 2017.
The event was highlighted by
a wreath-laying ceremony led by Maj. Gen. Harold N. Cabreros, Vice
Commander, Philippine Army, in honour of the fallen comrade-in-arms
and in recognition of the soldiers' heroism and ultimate sacrifice in
pursuit of peace in Eastern Visayas and in Mindanao. The ceremony was
attended and witnessed by the soldiers and their loved ones, officers,
and civilian employees of the Command.
Another highlight of the
activities was the awarding of deserving personnel who have shown
meritorious achievement in both combat and non-combat role that
significantly contributed to the overall success of the Command's
In addition, civilian
stakeholders, who contributed to the accomplishments of the Command
mission, such as: PCSupt. Elmer C. Beltejar, Regional Director, PNP
Regional Office 8 who was represented by PSSupt. Nicerio D. Obaob,
Regional Chief Directorial Staff; Hon. Sharee Ann T. Delos Santos,
Regional Peace and Order Chairperson; Hon. Edgar Mary Sarmiento; Mr.
Leonardo R. Sibbaluca, Regional Director, Department of Environment
and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 8; Hon. Vivian P. Alvarez,
Municipal Mayor, Oras, Eastern Samar; Mrs. Imelda Ty Tipay, Principal,
Las Navas National High School, Las Navas, Northern Samar; Mr. Rod
Laurean D. Suan, former municipal mayor of Allen, Northern Samar; Ms.
Imelda C. Bonifacio, Regional PAMANA Program Manager, OPAPP; and Ms.
Christine C. Caidic, President 8ID MSAB were also awarded with plaques
of recognition during the said occasion.
Maj. Gen. Harold N. Cabreros
was thankful to the men and women of 8ID for its three decades of
steadfast commitment as the protector and servant of the people not
only in Eastern Visayas but to the Filipino as a whole.
“May your celebration today
motivate you more, continue to serve with excellence, remain a witness
in giving public service, with the same high standards you have set
upon yourselves for the past 29 years,” Cabreros added.
photo (L-R): Anna Meloto-Wilk of Gandang Kalikasan, Inc. and Rex
Puentespina of Malagos Chocolates discussing the design and
packaging challenge before the participants of the Pick Pack
Boom Design Challenge.
design and packaging campaign for PH brands
July 31, 2017
MAKATI CITY – In its
effort to further support Philippine brands in accessing the global
market, the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) Design Center of
the Philippines recently held a design challenge for young design
professionals dubbed as "Pick Pack Boom" at the exhibition hall of
Design Center in Pasay City.
The one-day packaging design
challenge urged young design professionals to develop and recreate
sustainable and locally-sourced recycled and sustainable packaging
materials for the two world-renowned Philippine brands namely, Human
Nature and Malagos Chocolates.
Participants developed a
prototype for Human Nature's bath soap bar and Malagos' Chocolates'
gift bag that took into consideration the concept of sustainable
design. With the celebration of the World Industrial Design Day, the
event also served as a support of the Design Center in this year’s
theme and focus on United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #12 of
“Responsible Consumption and Production.”
The design challenge
featured Anna Meloto-Wilk from Gandang Kalikasan Inc., which produces
Human Nature and Rex Puentespina of the Malagos Chocolates. Wilk and
Puentespina both shared their respective brands, social
entrepreneurship thrusts, and their local to global business
The event included design
sprint sessions, which tested participants’ ideation and design skills
for the prototyping competition. The best prototypes included an
origami concept, integrating konyaku as a material to protect and
reinforce the packaging for Human Nature’s bar bath soap; and the
graphic storytelling of Malagos’ tree-to-bar single origin cacao,
incorporating the terroir elements for the Malagos Chocolates gift
pack. All prototypes developed during the session will be turned over
to Human Nature and Malagos for further development.
The Design Center of the
Philippines is a member of the World Design Organization (WDO), and is
committed to the use of design as a tool for improving the quality and
competitiveness of Philippine products.
The WDO, formerly known as
the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID),
is an international non-governmental organization that promotes the
profession of industrial design and its ability to generate better
products, systems, services, and experiences; better business and
industry; and ultimately a better environment and society.